Stone log is not petrified wood, it was formed buy mineral rich water upwhelling through loose sand, a billion years ago. There is major highway construction going on in 2014 around this rock, it is heavily fenced to protect it. Amazing! See comments below.

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This sandstone log was formed by water flowing up through a fluidized bed of sand a billion years ago. The water deposited minerals that eventually turned it to very hard sandstone, and has resisted fracture and erosion ever since. This specimen is clearly visible by the west side of the highway just past the Jone's Falls road, where a small road forks off. Check for similar formations at Charleston Lake Provincial Park at 44* 21' 54.39" N, and 76* 22' 5.29" W, and also near Sunbury at 44* 30' 56.6" N, and 76* 1' 0" W.

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Comments (2)

Miguelf1 on March 29, 2013

Wow interesting this stone is round like a wheel to mill grains,

Steve Manders on March 30, 2013

I have found a number of other isolated rocks like this, from 0.5 m. diameter to 3 m. diameter. They are not fossilized logs, I believe they are cores out of beds of sand which had springs of water flowing up, fluidizing the sand as the water flowed up, and bringing in minerals to eventually turn it to quartzite rock. I have also found places where they came out of the sandstone bed rock.

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  • Uploaded on February 14, 2012
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    by Steve Manders
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